Festival 2017

Countdown to Festival 2017…


Welcome to the home of the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival

Now in its 11th year, the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival 2017 brings together some of the country’s finest Sean Nós dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers. It runs from May 1st to 7th 2017 in the shadow of the famous Benbulben mountain in the heart of Yeat’s Country, Co Sligo.

The festival has something for everyone, both young and old.  Why not join us and immerse yourself in a feast of traditional culture and see some real community spirit in motion.

Festival Highlights

  • Heritage Walk & Talk – May 3rd
  • Rathcormac 8k – May 2nd
  • Bealtaine Celebration – May 4th
  • Anúna in Concert – May 5th SOLD OUT
  • Dance/Music/Song Workshops – May 6th
  • Festival Concert – May 6th
  • Percussion Workshops – May 7th
  • Kilfenora Céilí Band – May 7th
  • Storytelling Sessions – May 7th

A flavour of whats in store…

Getting to our Festival…

Travel & Transport

GPS / SatNav CoOrds:

  • 54°19’00.5″N, 8°28’44.8″W
  • 54.316798, -8.479114

By Road:

  • From Dublin – N4 to Sligo (202km) and then N15 to Rathcormac (7km)
  • From Galway – N17 to Sligo (180km) and then N15 to Rathcormac (7km)
  • From Derry – N15 to Rathcormac (74km)
  • From Enniskillken – N16 to Sligo and then N15 to Rathcormac (7km)

Public Transport:

  • Dublin Train to Sligo, then Taxi to Rathcormac (7km)
  • Expressway Bus to Sligo, then Taxi to Rathcormac (7km)

If You’re Stuck:

  • Give us a call! (Brenda 086 1925988 or Dorothy 087 4167026)



  • Mary Coggins : 071 914 3770
  • Yeats Lodge : 071 917 3787


  • Radisson Blu Hotel: 071 917 7211
  • Yeats Country Hotel: 071 917 7211

Food & Drink

  • Drumcliffe Tea House
  • Vintage Lane Cafe
  • Yeats Tavern
  • Collins Pub (Yeats Lounge)

Nearby Attractions

  • Yeat’s Grave (2km)
  • Drumcliffe Church and Round Tower (2km)
  • Rathcormac Craft Market (Sat Morns) (400m)
  • Glencar Lake and Waterfall (6km)
  • Rosses Point Beach (5km)
  • County Sligo Golf Club (5km)
  • Streedagh Beach (7km)
  • The Model Gallery (7km)
  • Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery (14km)
  • Parkes Castle (15km)
  • Lough Gill / Isle of Inishfree (22km)
  • Strandhill (15km)

Festival Programme…

Day Time Event Admission Location
May 1st
4:00pm The Gifts of Drumcliffe -Community Pageant 2017 Donation


St. Colmcille’s Church – Rathcormac
8:00pm Session Adm Free Collins’ Pub
May 2nd
11:00am Poetry and Music

Bards and Poets convene at the Vintage Café for poetry, music and song. In association with Poetry Ireland

All welcome!

Adm Free Vintage Café
Walkers 6:30pm Runners 7:00pm Festival 8km Run and Walk

Registration in Rathcormac Hall from 5:30pm.

Entry Fee €10 Starts from Rathcormac N.S.
May 3rd
11:00am Local  Holy Wells

A talk followed by a walk to Rathcormac Fort, with Archaeologist Tamlyn McHugh

 Adm Free The Old School
7:00pm The Barytes Mining Story

With Gerry Foley, Author

All welcome!

Adm Free History Centre
May 4th
1:00 – 3:00pm Intergenerational Workshop

‘Making of  Mayflowers’

Adm Free The Old School

Bealtaine Celebration

Cos Cos Festival links with Bealtaine Sligo. With The Silver Stars and Friends. Music, Song and Dance. Refreshments served

Adm Free Rathcormac Hall


May 5th

8:00pm Anúna in Concert


SOLD OUT St Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe
9:30pm Pub Session

…with Kenny & Aileen Donagher and Friends

Collins’ Pub
May 6th
10:30am Workshop Registration Rathcormac Hall
11am to 1pm Workshops

Singing with Anúna

Adm €10 The Old School
11:00am – 1:00pm


2:00 – 3:30pm


Dancing, Single Time and Double Jig (Michael Tubridy)
Bodhrάn (Junior Davey)
(Both times)

2pm to 3:30pm – Accordion with Johnny Connolly
Sean Nós Singing & Lilting with Meaití Jó Shéamuis

Adm €10 Rathcormac Hall
11:00am Café na Gaeilge Adm Free Vintage Café
1:00pm Lunch Session

Music, Song & Dance

Adm Free Tea House, Drumcliffe
2:00pm Kevin McTernan Memorial Cup Music Competitions

Any Instrument Competitions

(U-15, & Over 15)

Trophy Prizes
Registration on the day.  

 Competition Entry Fee €5 Collins’ Pub
3:00pm Seó na nÓg

Youth Showcase and Mini Céilí

Adm Free Rathcormac Hall
4:00pm Step Exchange – Share a Step Adm Free Collins’ Pub
5:30 – 7:30pm Pub Céilí Sets & Solos

Bush Céilí Band

Adm Free Collins’ Pub
8:00pm Festival Concert of Champions

Celebrating Music, Song and Dance

Adm €10 Rathcormac Hall
10:00pm The Big Session

Featuring The West County Session and a host of guests…


“Tomorrow shall be a Dancing Day!”

Adm Free Collins’ Pub
May 7th
11:00am Aifreann na Féile Rathcormac Church
12:00pm Outdoor Seisiún (weather dependent) Outside History Centre
1:30pm – 4:00pm Wild Atlantic Dancing Exhibitions
Top dancers Showcase

Jonathan McCloy, Joe & Mary McGuiggan, Laura Ganley, Kevin Cunniffe, Ger Devane, Annette Collins, Adrienne Lee and Cos Cos Dancers and guests

Collins’ Pub
3:00pm Spoken Word and Stories Session

…with writer Maura Gilligan. All are welcome to share a story and add to the conversation.
Bealtaine Event.

Adm Free The Old School
4:00pm Percussion Workshops for All

With Peter Crann

Adm Free Rathcormac School
4:00pm Festival Céilí

With the famous Kilfenora Céilí Band

Adm €15 Rathcormac Hall
6:30pm Singing Session

Memories of Nace O’Dowd

Adm Free The History Centre
9:30pm Slán Abhaile


With The Ox Moutain Session

Adm Free Collins’ Pub



The Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival Committee would like to thank the following for supporting our festival


Branley’s Yard
Collins’ Pub
Drumcliffe/Rathcormac Tidy Towns
Failte Ireland
Fr Michael Donnelly
Furey’s Buses

Jim Feeney Meats
Leslie Ward
Mary McMorrow
Michael Boland
Michael Regan Tyres

Oxfield Communty Centre

Ronan Kerrigan
Sligo Credit Union
Drumcliffe Teahouse
The Arts Council
The West family, Cooladrummin
Vintage Lane Cafe